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Poster: SDH2O Date: May 7, 2007 7:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

There are those songs the Dead played that when they were on, were just majestic pieces of aural perfection, but when they were off, could be more pain then pleasure. For me, this ying/yang existence is nowhere better seen then in Terrapin. When the boys were on, this song can lift you up into the heavens, the smile on your face growing as you soared; but when the boys were off a step or two, and Jerry's voice was having a paticularly rough night, the song, for me at least, can become like nails on a chalkboard. It may be just me, but if not, any other examples out there?

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Poster: Since 77 Date: May 7, 2007 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Don't know if I ever heard a live performance of Cumberland Blues that was not painful to listen to. And, IMHO, Morning Dew tended to be either sublime or excruciating! Agree also abt. Eyes; often it would sweep you up and carry you along to nice places, OR it could be like having pebbles in your shoes.

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Poster: sydthecat2 Date: May 7, 2007 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Cumberland is in my top five favourite Dead songs of all time so I always dug it in concert. But I thought the one they played at their last show at Soldier's Field was pitiful.

My vote goes to The Oth3er One. I saw two dreadful ones myself and have heard many others where they may as well have stopped and said "Sorry, we suck at this so we're moving on to the Jerry ballad now.".

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Poster: Since 77 Date: May 10, 2007 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Syd, I overstated my case re. Cumberland. Am listening to 9-20-74 right now and the Cumberland opener is very nice. Mr. Garcia is very high in the mix (not a bad thing, right?) and they pull off the vocals admirably.
Tough thing about performing most of the songs from American Beauty and Workingman's is that they were very demanding, vocally speaking. The Boys were not always up to that challenge, live. But when it worked and the X factor kicked in, it was magic!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: May 10, 2007 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

ROW JIMMY

could either be a masterpiece of subtle, reggae-infused rhythms and inspired, cresting, lovely guitar solos by Jerry, with soulful vocals that spoke to the heart,

or,

a ponderous dreck of sludge about as exciting as spending a summer evening watching nature films with Al Gore in a small room without any air conditioning.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: May 7, 2007 9:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

Eyes of the world would be my choice.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 7, 2007 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

"Uncle John's Band" for me. There are times when it seems like it's the absolute axis of the evening, the glittering centerpiece of the show...yet there are others where it's so out of sync and pointless that I can't get to the skip button fast enough.

I can definately see how "Terrapin" makes it here as well.

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Poster: jackstraw86 Date: May 7, 2007 9:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

This is a little off the topic in that this song was not regularly played, but the Hey Jude encore of 3.1.69 is pathetic. Maybe that's why they didn't play it again for a long, long time.

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Poster: Chris Freedom Date: May 7, 2007 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

TRUCKIN

High> Englishtown 77
Low> Post Hornsby

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Poster: patkelley Date: May 7, 2007 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

I totally agree with Terrapin. I think Wharf Rat can be another good example. There are versions, from all eras, which are so well-executed and powerful that the song is the highlight of the show. But there are also versions from all eras in which they forget the arrangement, get lost, and I've even heard one or two where Garcia totally skips the big intense solo. Not good. But when they nail it (particularly the "I'll get up and fly away" part), it's on like donkey kong.

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Poster: JamminJerome Date: May 7, 2007 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Highest Highs, the lowest lows

I'll go with Estimated Prophet